Bill honors uranium, nuclear workers

Oct. 30 would be a national day of remembrance for United States nuclear-weapons program workers, under legislation proposed by U.S. Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

The resolution acknowledges the sacrifices of nuclear-industry workers, including miners, millers and haulers, as well as people who worked at nuclear-weapons facilities such as Rocky Flats.

“Throughout the Cold War, tens of thousands of Coloradans worked in uranium mines and nuclear-weapons facilities — around 40,000 at Rocky Flats alone — putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our country and strengthen our national security,” Udall said.

Many of the people who worked in the industry who have since developed or died from diseases related to radiation exposure are eligible for compassionate payments from the federal government, as well as the costs of medical treatment related to the illnesses.

Congress has passed resolutions marking a national day of remembrance for nuclear-weapons program workers since 2009.


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